The Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen will be trying to “right their ship” when they face Seminole State College today at 8 p.m. in the NEO Fieldhouse.
The game originally was scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up in light of an ominous weather forecast.
“We just haven’t been playing very well the last couple of weeks,” Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover pointed out. “We look at the start of the second time around in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference as an opportunity to redeem ourselves for a poor performance the first time around.”
Caught in a two-game losing streak following an 83-79 loss Monday at Redlands College in El Reno, the Golden Norse are 5-4 in the OCAC and 13-8 overall.
“We didn’t fair too well the first time through and we’ve got some things to prove,” Grover said. “Everyone knows each other now, so instead of focusing on what our opponents might do, we have to try and correct the things that are keeping us from being a better basketball team.”
Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Mills, the Seminole Trojans are 5-4 in the conference and 11-8 on the year.
The Trojans edged past Carl Albert State 60-58 on Monday in Seminole. The Trojans have lost three of their first four games since the Christmas break.
“Seminole is a very balanced basketball team up and down its lineup," Grover said. "They may not have the offensive weapons that Connors does, they just keep coming at you and don't quit.
"Coach Mills does a great job of getting his team ready to play," Grover said. "We’ve got to come out ready to hook it up.”
When the two teams met Dec. 6 in Seminole, sophomore guard Phil Martin scored 27 points to lead NEO to a 76-69 victory. Jarrod McDaniel paced the Trojans with 13 points while both Elijah Gore and Stuart Sullivan added 12 points each.
Martin (6-4 of Staten Island, N.Y.) ranks 10th in the nation with a 22.9 scoring average for the Golden Norse. He is also averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.
Sophomores Jamell Cormier and Raphael Brown will join Martin in NEO’s backcourt.
Cormier (6-0 of Stillwater) has a 10.5 scoring mark with 86 assists and 45 steals.
Brown (6-2 of Kansas City, Mo.) is averaging 8.4 points with 89 assists and 23 steals.
Veterans Scott Forrest (6-4 of Atco, N.J.) and Andre Coimbra (6-9 of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) start on the Norse front line.
Forrest leads NEO with 55 3-point field goals while averaging 10 points and 1.9 rebounds each contest.
Coimbra leads the Golden Norse with a 9.4 rebounding mark while averaging 7.2 points per game.
McDaniel (5-8 of Midwest City) directs the Seminole offense at point-guard. He averages 4.7 points with 80 assists and 64 steals.
Sophomores Jacobi Isham and Gore will join McDaniel in the Trojans guard spots.
Isham (6-2 of Lawton Eisenhower) is scoring 4.7 points with 126 assists and 72 steals.
Gore (6-2 of Fort Washington, Md.) has a 6.2 scoring mark with 41 assists and 36 steals.
Sullivan (6-4 of Red Oak) and Joseph Ikhinmwin (6-6 of London, England) comprise the Seminole front court.
With an 18.1 scoring average, Sullivan leads the Trojans in scoring while grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game.
Ikhinmwin leads the Trojans with a 6.8 rebounding mark while scoring 11.2 points each contest.
The Golden Norse return to the road next Monday for an 8 p.m. showdown with the Jets of Northern Oklahoma College-Enid.